Housing

Maps

An Extraordinary 'Synthetic' Map of Every Household in America

By age, size, income and race.

The World's 5 Largest Housing Bubbles

A brief, whirlwind tour.

Why Eminent Domain Can't Save Broke Cities Like Richmond, California

The very places forced to consider last-ditch solutions for underwater homeowners have problems that are too complex to be easily solved.

How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

New research suggests that children who live with peeling paint and broken appliances have greater emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.

Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York

The irritating sounds of Manhattan's Jazz Age included yelping newsboys, river dredgers, a marching band of orphans, and a fog siren.

The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.

San Francisco's Fluctuating Rent Looks an Awful Lot Like the NASDAQ

A startling chart of the booms and busts of office space.

Maps

The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.

A Fascinating Tour of the Nuclear Plants That Dot the English Countryside

The architectural giants are as beautiful as they are ominous.

Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

New maps show the geographic differences among Mexican, Salvadorean, Cuban, and other ethnic populations.

A Look Back at Montreal's Contentious, First Attempt at Slum Clearance

The City of Montreal Archives has just released an important set of historical images.

The Case for Cul-de-Sacs

People who live in them actually have greater social cohesion, according to one sociologist.

A Fond Farewell to London's Insane Luxury Mega-Basements

The so-called "iceberg homes" of the city's super-rich have finally drawn too much ire.

Maps

A Disturbing Animation of 15 Years of Evictions in San Francisco

How a California state law has helped convert many rental properties into condos.

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller's work.

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Could Free Rent Bring Oakland's Downtown to Life?

The city's commercial center still feels depressingly lifeless. "Popuphood" wants to change that, fast.

White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining'

The historic exodus of whites from American cities helped boost black homeownership nationwide.

The San Francisco Exodus

How S.F. became the least affordable city in America, and what we can do about it now.